Mechanical EngineeringThe Advanced Mechanics and Materials Laboratory (AMML)
The Program in Computational Fluid Dynamics
The Cryogenics LaboratoryThe Liquid Helium Flow Facility (LHFF)
The Cryogenic Helium Experimental Facility (CHEF)
The Cryogenic Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV)
The Fluid Mechanics Research Laboratory (FMRL)
The High Temperature Superconductors Magnets and Materials Laboratory (HTSMML)
Bachelor/Master of Science
Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy Course Requirements
Chair: Shih, C.
Associate Chair: Luongo, C.
Graduate Coordinator: Luongo, C.
Undergraduate Coordinator: Hollis, P.
Professors: Alvi, F.; Chen, C.J.; Collins, E.; Kalu, P.; Krothapalli, A.; Larbalestier, D.; Lourenco, L.; Luongo, C.; Hellstrom, E.; Schwartz, J.; Shih, C.; Van Dommelen, L.; Van Sciver, S.
Associate Professors: Cartes, D.; El-Azab, A.; Hollis, P.; Hruda, S.; Moore , C.
Assistant Professors: Clark, J.; Englander, O.; Oates, W.; Ordonez, J.
Affiliated Faculty: Garmestani, H.; Greska, B.; Gunsburger, M.; Han, K.; Hussaini, Y.; Tam, C.
Adjunct Faculty: Bickley, B.; Booeshaghi, F.; Buzyna,G.; Moore, M.; Seely, J.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers two graduate degree programs: the Master of Science (MS) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The graduate program in mechanical engineering is designed to provide students with the necessary tools to begin a productive career in engineering practice or research. The program provides the students with the skills, knowledge and philosophy that will enable them to continue to grow throughout their professional career. The graduate training a student receives emphasizes a fundamental approach to engineering whereby the student learns to identify needs, define problems and apply basic principles and techniques to obtain a solution. This philosophy is incorporated in classroom lectures, laboratory activities, design projects, and research.
The department is actively involved in basic research, which expands the frontiers of knowledge, as well as applied research designed to solve both present and future technological needs of society. The major research activities are focused in three primary areas: fluid mechanics and heat transfer, material science, and dynamic systems and controls (including mechatronics and robotics). State-of-the-art laboratories are associated with each of these areas. In addition, significant research is conducted in cooperation with the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the School of Computational Science and Information Technology, the Center for Material Research and Technology, and the Center for Advanced Power Studies.
A complete description of the mechanical engineering graduate program, including recent changes, can be found at http://www.eng.fsu.edu/me
Research Programs and Facilities
The Advanced Mechanics and Materials Laboratory (AMML) is primarily involved in the computational modeling and thermo-mechanical characterization of high performance materials. In recognition of the need to shift from generating new materials purely from experimental methods, the AMML utilizes computer models to effectively identify potential material systems. This is seen as the ideal way to develop advanced materials to meet the increasing demands of future space and automotive applications in a timely fashion. The overall objective of the laboratory is to engineer materials by establishing relationships between material constituents, processing and performance, and integrating them in computer models. The AMML is equipped with excellent facilities, including a highly automated Materials Testing System testing machine (MTS 810) and a Scanning Electron Microscope. The computational facilities include a network of dedicated workstations (VAX, Silicon Graphics and Macintosh). There is also a direct link to a supercomputer at The Florida State University (a Silicon Graphics Power Challenge XL).
The Program in Computational Fluid Dynamics involves algorithm development and application in the areas of: 1) unsteady flows with large scale separation; 2) computational and mathematical acoustics; 3) unsteady biofluid mechanics; 4) modeling of turbulent flows; and 5) parallel solution of partial differential equations. These are areas of considerable interest, as well as of physical importance, that pose particular numerical simulation challenges. The computational program is supported by the School of Computational Science and Information Technology (CSIT) at The Florida State University, which operates a 168 node IBM SP-3 with 84 Gbyte of memory, as well as a heterogeneous compute cluster and several mid range computers.
The Cryogenics Laboratory is a fully equipped facility for the conduct of low temperature experimental research and development. The laboratory, which is housed at the NHMFL (adjacent to the College of Engineering) supports research and development projects in a wide variety of technical fields. A wide variety of experimental apparatus is available within the Cryogenics Laboratory for research projects.
The Liquid Helium Flow Facility (LHFF) consists of a 5 m long, 20 cm ID horizontal cryogenic vessel with vertical reservoirs at each end containing circulation pumps and other hardware. The facility includes transverse viewing ports for flow visualization studies.
The Cryogenic Helium Experimental Facility (CHEF) consists of a 3 m long, 0.6 m ID cryogenic vessel with N2 and He temperature thermal shields. CHEF is equipped with a high volume flow bellows pump capable of up to 5 liters/s.
The Cryogenic Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) facility includes apparatus to perform micro-scale imaging studies of flow fields in cryogenic fluids. A cryogenic vessel with optical windows, duel head pulse Nd:YAG laser and image processing equipment are included in the facility. Currently, this facility is being used to develop neutral density particles, including solid H2/D2 and observe flow fields in liquid helium.
A cryogenic transport property measuring facility that includes a two stage GM Cryocooler with compressor that can achieve Tmin = 10 K and provide 30 W at 20 K and 60 W at about 70 K.
The above facilities are supported by a full complement of cryogenic hardware to measure flow rate, void fraction, liquid level, temperature and pressure. Microcomputer data acquisition is available for interfacing to all experiments. A full complement of amplifiers, signal conditioning equipment and data recorders can be accessed through this system. The laboratory contains all necessary equipment to perform modern cryogenic experiments. High vacuum equipment, including a mass spectrometer leak detector and two portable turbo pump systems, provides thermal isolation. A high capacity vacuum pump (500 liter/s) is used to support subatmospheric experiments, including those with superfluid helium.
Research in controls and mechatronics encompasses many different but related topics that can be divided into four broad areas: robust control, mechatronics and robotics, applications of adaptive and intelligent control, and computer aided design. In robust control research, emphasis is on the development of optimization-based, control synthesis techniques for the design of fixed-architecture, robust controllers for mechanical systems (e.g., jet engines and magnetic bearings) with uncertain dynamics. Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary design methodology based upon a synergistic integration of fundamental procedures and techniques from mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering. Research in this area involves the use of specialized microelectronic sensors, actuators, and processors. In the area of robotics, the objective is to employ multiple sensors and actuators to monitor and control wheeled mobile robots. Adaptive and intelligent control focuses on distributed knowledge-based control techniques for linear and nonlinear systems, which allow processes to adapt to changes in parameters and learn to respond properly under rapidly changing constraints. Research in this area requires highly integrated mechanical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and computer science solutions and is conducted in the Power Control Lab of the Center for Advanced Power Systems. The research conducted in the Computer Aided Design facility (CAD) involves computer modeling of complex systems, such as solid assemblies, followed by the simulation of these same systems. The CAD facility is currently well equipped with Silicon Graphics workstations, multimedia Pentium personal computers, and an array of printers and other equipment.
The Fluid Mechanics Research Laboratory (FMRL) is a well-established, nationally recognized laboratory with a diverse and dynamic research program. A number of faculty and scientists actively and collaboratively conducts research at FMRL, examining a broad range of fluid dynamics problems. The main areas of research are in high-speed flows and their control and the development of non-intrusive diagnostics for the study of complex flows. The laboratory contains a number of state-of-the-art testing and diagnostic facilities not commonly available at university research centers. Some of these facilities include the following: A recently built Hot Jet Anechoic Facility capable of operating supersonic hot jets - up to 2000∞F and is used for examining and controlling the aeroacoustic properties of supersonic jets at realistic Mach numbers and temperatures; a STOVL (Short-TakeOff Vertical Landing) Hover Test Facility that is mainly used to study and control jet induced aerodynamic phenomenon on STOVL models during hover; an optical diagnostic development lab and a combustion laboratory; a supersonic and a large subsonic wind tunnel. We study fundamental fluid dynamics problems, which also have direct practical applications. Some of the current research programs include: active control of supersonic jet noise and mixing; control of supersonic impinging jets; control of supersonic cavity flows; development of high-fidelity, three-dimensional Particle Image Velocimetry (3D-PIV; control of separated flows in engine inlets; supersonic flows at micro-scales; and aeroacoustic behavior of supersonic jets issuing from nozzles of various geometry. Research is supported by and conducted in close collaboration with industry, such as Boeing and government agencies, such as NASA, the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), and the Defense Research Projects Administration (DARPA). Over the past few years, research has been funded at a level of approximately $2 million per year.
The High Temperature Superconductors Magnets and Materials Laboratory (HTSMML) involves experimental and computational research that advances the fundamental understanding and applications of high temperature superconducting materials. HTSMML research is interdisciplinary, involving materials processing, composite mechanical behavior, and electrical-magnetic-mechanical properties of these emerging technical superconductors. This research includes the investigation of the key obstacles to implementing HTS materials in practical magnet systems. Current research directions include the development of a 5 T insert coil, coil design optimization, electro-mechanical behavior of conductors for power applications, magneto-optical imaging of YBCO coated conductors subjected to axial tension, quench propagation measurements, a.c. loss measurements, processing of low a.c. loss conductors, processing of alternative conductor materials, and texturing of materials within high magnetic field. Computational research is motivated by the experimental research. Research in the HTSMML is led by Professor Justin Schwartz and includes research staff from the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and the Center for Advanced Power Systems, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students.
Research programs in the Materials Processing and Applications Laboratory focus on the development of processes that put high performance materials into actual system or device applications. As such, the programs tend to be interdisciplinary, and cooperative research efforts are often carried out with industrial firms. The laboratory's aim is to provide novel ideas and approaches to solutions of engineering problems in cutting edge technologies and to educate students in complex real-life settings. Accomplishments include the development of a magnetometer system for nondestructive analysis of materials and the development of a software design tool for multilayer structures. Physical property measurements of materials are being conducted in a variety of areas, one example of which is the measurement of the thermal expansion of materials at cryogenic temperatures by digital micro-image processing.
Research in the Materials Testing and Characterization Laboratory is focused on the investigation of processing-structure-property relationships in advanced materials. Materials of interest include but are not limited to high temperature materials (titanium aluminides and their composites), superplastic materials (titanium and aluminum), superconducting materials, and high-strength conductors and polymeric matrix composites. The program is divided into three areas of specialization: processing and testing, materials characterization, and micromechanical modeling. Research in processing and testing employs deformation processing, such as rolling, forging or wire drawing to improve the mechanical properties of materials. Research in materials characterization aids in the improvement of the mechanical properties of materials by identifying and measuring vital metallurgical parameters at several stages of processing. The microstructural characterization facility includes optical microscopes, an X-ray diffractometer, a scanning electron microscope, and an environmental scanning electron microscope. Research in micromechanical modeling relates the micromechanics to mechanical properties such as stress, strain rate and hardness.
Graduate students participating in research are provided office space in the laboratories, and they have access to substantial staff support from their research group.
Bachelor/Master of Science
The BS-MS program is a combined undergraduate-graduate program leading to the simultaneous award of the BS and MS degrees. This program is designed for five years of full-time study. It provides students with a unique opportunity to combine advanced undergraduate and graduate studies in mechanical engineering with practical, real-world, product-oriented experience in the engineering of mechanical systems. Students in the BS-MS program cover the same scope and level of subjects as those in the regular MS program, and the successful student will have equivalent qualifications and opportunities for advanced graduate study programs. Completion of the fourth year of the five year curriculum will give the student enough credit and breadth of subject matter to satisfy university requirements for the BS degree should individual circumstances arise that preclude a student from continuing the fifth year.
It has become clear in recent years that industry needs people who have not only a sound education in mathematics, basic sciences, and engineering science, but who also have knowledge and experience in the solution of real world, product-driven problems. This means that students need to learn communication skills suited to the engineering workplace. They also need to experience team design projects that produce real products to satisfy real requirements. These increasing demands upon the undergraduate engineering curriculum, both for greater depth of knowledge in an expanding technical field, and for practical, product-oriented experiences, could not be satisfied within the parameters of a traditional four year undergraduate curriculum. The five-year BS-MS program was created to satisfy the industry need by coordinating the curriculum in the fourth undergraduate year with that in an additional fifth graduate year coupled with industrial internship experiences.
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Master of Science
Currently, the department offers two options under the Master of Science (MS) program, a thesis option and a non-thesis option; an MS degree can be obtained under either option. The coursework is roughly divided into three areas: common core courses, depth courses in the student’s major area, and breadth courses in other areas of mechanical engineering outside the student’s area of focus. Currently, depth courses are offered in the general areas of fluid mechanics and heat transfer, mechanics and material science, and dynamics and controls – including robotics and mechatronics. A total of thirty (30) hours of course work is required to complete the program under the thesis option, while thirty-three (33) credit hours are required under the non-thesis option. A complete catalog detailing the program is available in the department or can be found on the department web site.
In order to be admitted, candidates should possess a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or a related discipline from an accredited institution. Students who do not possess such a degree will be required to complete a department-designated sequence of undergraduate courses with grades of B or better. Candidates should meet all other University requirements for admission, including the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).
All students must take the following minimum distribution of courses for a total of twenty-four credit hours:
Common Core Courses
Nine (9) semester hours: EML 5060 Analysis in Mechanical Engineering, two core courses in the major area (either dynamics and controls, solid mechanics and materials, or fluid mechanics and heat transfer).
Core courses in dynamics and controls: EGM 5444 Advanced Dynamics, EML 5317 Advanced Design and Analysis of Control Systems.
Core courses in solid mechanics and materials: EGM 5611 Introduction to Continuum Mechanics, EGM 5653 Theory of Elasticity, EML 5930 Special Topics: Advanced Materials.
Core courses in fluid mechanics and heat transfer: EML 5152 Fundamentals of Heat Transfer, EML 5709 Fluid Mechanic Principles with Selected Applications.
Mechanical Engineering Courses
Six (6) semester hours: two courses in Mechanical Engineering.
Nine (9) semester hours: Select three (3) graduate-level courses in engineering, mathematics, or any science discipline (computer science, physics, etc.). Courses must be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor. One of the three (3) courses may include EML 5905r or EML 5910r.
Thesis Option Requirements
In addition to the above general requirements, students must take a minimum of six (6) semester hours of EML 5971r Thesis and EML 8976r Masters Thesis Defense (0). Of the courses taken, at least twenty-one (21) semester hours must be taken on a letter-grade basis.
Non-thesis Option Requirements
The non-thesis option requires thirty-three (33) credit hours, of which at least thirty (30) credit hours must be letter-graded courses. Students must complete twenty-one (21) credit hours of coursework within the department. Six (6) credit hours may be taken outside the department in any of the following areas: engineering, mathematics, or computer science. The remaining six (6) credit hours are devoted to an Engineering Design Project or two additional letter-graded courses.
Doctor of Philosophy
Applicants should possess a Master's degree in mechanical engineering from an accredited institution. They must also have an upper division GPA of 3.00 or higher and a GRE score of 1150 or higher.
In addition to the standard Ph.D. program, the department offers a direct BS to Ph.D. program. This program is limited to students with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, excellent academic transcripts and potential for advanced research. Applicants may be admitted to the BS-PhD program on a provisional basis if they have a minimum engineering GPA of 3.20 and a 1300 on the GRE. Applicants must submit strong letters of recommendation from professors or persons qualified to evaluate their academic potential. Finally, a member of the Mechanical Engineering faculty must recommend the student to the program. Admission to the program is finalized at the end of the second semester. The student must have maintained a graduate GPA of 3.50 or better during their first two semesters. Final admission to the Ph.D. program is granted by the Graduate Committee and the Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Students initially admitted to the Master's program may request a transfer to the BS-Ph.D. program at the end of their second semester. The student must have maintained a graduate GPA of 3.50 or better during their first two semesters. Final admission to the Ph.D. program must be approved by the Graduate Committee and the Coordinator of Graduate Studies.
The standard Ph.D. program requires forty-five (45) credit hours of coursework, of which at least twenty-four (24) credit hours must be dissertation hours. The remaining twenty-one (21) letter-graded credit hours are divided into three areas:
- General Engineering and Mathematics: Students must complete six (6) credit hours of general engineering and advanced mathematics courses. One of those courses must be EML 5930 - Analysis in Mechanical Engineering II. The remaining course must be from the approved course list.
- Breadth Courses: Students must complete two (2) courses from outside their major depth area for a total of six (6) credit hours.
- Elective: An additional fifteen (15) credit hours must be taken to satisfy the elective requirement. The elective courses may be taken in any of the following areas: engineering, mathematics, or any science discipline (computer science, physics, etc.).
- The BS-Ph.D. program requires sixty (60) credit hours of coursework, of which at least twenty-four (24) credit hours must be dissertation hours. The remaining thirty-six (36) letter-graded credit hours are divided into four areas:
- General Engineering and Mathematics: Students must complete six (6) credit hours of general engineering and advanced mathematics courses. One of those courses must be EML 5930 - Analysis in Mechanical Engineering II. The remaining course must be from the approved course list:
- Core Courses: Students must complete two (2) core courses from their major depth area and one (1) core course from each remaining depth area for a total of twelve (12) credit hours.
- Mechanical Engineering Courses: Students must complete six (6) credit hours of mechanical engineering courses.
- Electives: Students must complete eighteen (18) credit hours of course work in any of the following areas: engineering, mathematics, and/or any science discipline.
Before students can be admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree, they must pass the Preliminary Examination. The exam is usually taken during the second semester of the student’s program (fourth semester for BS-PhD students). Research on the doctoral dissertation may not be formally started prior to passing the preliminary examination.
After passing the preliminary examination and selecting an area of study and research, a candidate, in consultation with his/her dissertation supervisor, must form a dissertation committee. The dissertation committee assists in the formulation of research and study programs and monitors the candidate's progress.
Within one year of obtaining doctoral candidacy status, each student must present to his/her dissertation committee a prospectus on a research project suitable for a doctoral dissertation. The prospectus defense consists of two parts: 1) A forty-five minute presentation of the proposed dissertation topic by the student. 2) An oral examination in the general area of the dissertation. Students will have two chances to pass the prospectus defense.
Demonstrated ability to perform original research at the forefront of mechanical engineering is the final and major criterion for granting the doctoral degree. The candidate's dissertation and publications in archival journals serve, in part, to demonstrate such competence; on completion, it is defended orally in a public seminar before the doctoral dissertation committee, which may then recommend the awarding of the degree.
Definition of Prefixes
EGM - Engineering Mechanics
EGN - General Engineering
EMA - Materials Engineering
EML - Mechanical Engineering
EGM 5351. Introduction to Finite Element Methods of Analysis (3). Prerequisite: EGN 5456. Study of variational principles, weak formulation, finite element formulation of second and fourth order equations, and computer code development.
EGM 5444. Advanced Dynamics (3). Prerequisites: EGN 3321, EML 3220, MAP 3306. Topics include particle and rigid body kinematics, particle and rigid body kinetics, D'Alembert Principle, LaGrange’s equations of motion, system stability, computational techniques, orbital dynamics, multi-body dynamics.
EGM 5611. Introduction to Continuum Mechanics (3). Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Solid and fluid continua. Cartesian tensor theory. Kinematics of infinitesimal deformation, relations between stress, strain, and strain rate for elastic, plastic, and viscous solids and for compressible and viscous fluids. General equations of continuum mechanics, integral forms, and their physical interpretation. Particular forms of equations and boundary conditions for elastic and viscoelastic solids and Newtonian fluids.
EGM 5630. Mechanics of Composite Materials (3). Prerequisite: EGM 5611. Micromechanics of fiber-reinforced composites; thermomechanical characterizations of polymeric, metallic, and ceramic matrix composite; failure mode; interface and design of composite structures.
EGM 5653. Theory of Elasticity (3). Prerequisite: EGM 5611. This is an introductory course which provides background necessary to mechanical engineers who wish to pursue the area of theoretical or analytical solid mechanics. Topics include Cartesian tensors, kinetics and kinematics of motion, constitutive equations, linearized theory of elasticity, and solutions to boundary value problems.
EGM 5671. Theory of Plasticity and Viscoelasticity (3). Prerequisite: EML 5155. Provides knowledge of inelastic behavior of materials under multiaxial loading conditions which is essential to mechanical engineers specializing in solid mechanics.
EGM 5810. Viscous Fluid Flows (3). Prerequisite: EML 5709. Presents the basic fundamentals underlying the mechanics of gas, air, and fluid flows. Discussion of the possible methods of estimating and predicting the characteristics and parameters governing those flows.
EGM 6290. Advanced Mechanical Vibrations (3). Covers analytic dynamics, continuous systems, approximate and finite element methods, nonlinear vibrations, and computational techniques.
EGM 6470. Control Systems Design (3). Prerequisites: EGM 5630, EML 5311. Provides students with the basic system theory and design techniques to enable them to design controllers for mechanical engineering systems.
EGM 6565. Computational Materials Science (3). Prerequisites: EGM 5611, EML 5060. Course covers mathematical description of materials at atomic, continuum and meso scales; deformation and defects in solids; evolution of microstructure in polycrystalline and composite materials.
EGM 6845. Turbulent Flows (3). Prerequisite: EML 5709. In-depth study of turbulent flows, statistical description of turbulence; instability and transition; turbulence closure modeling; free shear and boundary layer flows; complex shear flows; development of computational strategies; recent literature on applications and chaos phenomena.
EGN 5455. Numerical Methods in Engineering (3). Prerequisites: MAP 3305; CGS 3410 or equivalent. The application of numerical methods to the solution of engineering problems, including general principles, linear equations, solution of nonlinear equations, interpolation and least squares, integration, ordinary differential equations, introduction to finite differences, and finite elements.
EGN 5456. Introduction to Computational Mechanics (3). Prerequisite: MAP 4402. Familiarizes students with the procedures, stability, advantages, and disadvantages of numerical discretization as applied to solution of common engineering problems. Emphasizes numerical experimentation, cost effectiveness, and range of applicability.
EMA 5185. Composite Materials and Structures (3). Prerequisites: EML 3234, EGM 3520, EML 3302L. Includes a treatise of the various methodologies of processing and property characterizations. Design aspects and industrial applications of current advanced composite materials in all major categories.
EMA 5226. Mechanical Metallurgy (3). Prerequisites: EGM 3520, EML 3234. Tensile instability, crystallography, theory of dislocations, plasticity, hardening mechanisms, creep and fracture, electron microscopy, composite materials.
EMA 5514. Optical and Electron Microscopy (3). Prerequisite: EML 3234 or permission of instructor. Fundamentals and techniques of optical and electron microscopy as applied to the determination of physical, chemical, and structural properties of materials and materials behavior in practice.
EML 5060. Analysis in Mechanical Engineering (3). Prerequisite: Graduate standing in mechanical engineering. Familiarizes the student with methods of analysis in mechanical engineering. Surveys applications of integration and series, ordinary and partial differential equations, and linear algebra.
EML 5072. Applied Superconductivity (3). Prerequisites: EEL 3472, EGM 3520, EML 3100, 3234; PHY 3101. Introduction to superconductivity for applications, fundamentals of the superconducting state, transport current and metallurgy of superconductors, superconducting electrons and magnets, system engineering.
EML 5104. Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics (3). Prerequisite: EML 3101. General principles of thermodynamics; postulational treatment of the laws of thermodynamics; development of formal relationships and principles for general systems; application to pure substance, multiphase mixtures, chemical, magnetic, and elastic system.
EML 5152. Fundamentals of Heat Transfer (3). Prerequisite: Graduate standing in mechanical engineering. An introductory course in basic heat transfer concepts. Topics include conduction and heat diffusion equation, forced and free convection, radiative heat transfer, boiling heat transfer, and condensation.
EML 5155. Convective Heat and Mass Transfer (3). Prerequisites: EML 5152, EGM 5810. Familiarizes the student with methods to evaluate a convection heat transfer coefficient and a mass transfer coefficient for a variety of engineering applications. Evaluation of the driving force in mass transfer and combined problems.
EML 5162. Cryogenics (3). Prerequisites: EML 3100, 3140, 3701; PHY 3101. Fundamental aspects of cryogenics system and engineering properties of materials and fluids at low temperatures. Cryogenic heat transfer and fluid dynamics, low temperature refrigeration and system engineering.
EML 5311. Design and Analysis of Control Systems (3). Prerequisite: MAP 3306. Mathematical modeling of continuous physical systems. Frequency and time domain analysis and design of control systems. State variable representations of physical systems.
EML 5317. Advanced Design and Analysis of Control Systems (3). Design of advanced control systems (using time and frequency domains) will be emphasized. Implementation of control systems using continuous (operational amplifier) or digital (microprocessor) techniques will be addressed and practiced.
EML 5361. Multivariable Control (3). Prerequisite: EML 4312 or 5311. Course covers H2 and H control design for linear systems with multiple inputs and multiple outputs and globally optimal techniques, fixed-structure (e.g., reduced-order) techniques. Includes introductory concepts in robust control.
EML 5451. Energy Conversion Systems (3). Prerequisites: EML 3101, 3140, 3701. Investigation of such energy conversion systems as the internal combustion engine, compressors and turbines, gas turbines, nuclear power plants, garbage burning power plants, solar, wind, geo-thermal and electrical systems.
EML 5537. Design Using FEM (3). The Finite Element Method - what it is, elementary FEM theory, structures and elements, trusses, beams, and frames, two-dimensional solids, three-dimensional solids, axisymetric solids, thin-walled structures, static and dynamic problems, available hardware and software, basic steps in FEM analysis, pre/post processing, interpretation of results, advanced modeling techniques, design optimization, advanced materials using FEM.
EML 5543. Materials Selection in Design (3). Prerequisite: EML 3234 or equivalent. The application of materials predicated on material science and engineering case studies covering most engineering applications.
EML 5709. Fluid Mechanic Principles with Selected Applications (3). Prerequisites: EML 5060; EGM 5611, and graduate standing in mechanical engineering. Introductory concepts, description, and kinematical concepts of fluid motion, basic field equations, thermodynamics of fluid flow, Navier-Stokes equations, elements of the effects of friction and heat flow, unsteady one-dimensional motion, selected nonlinear steady flows.
EML 5710. Introduction to Gas Dynamics (3). Prerequisites: EML 3101, 3701. Concentrates on the unique features of compressibility in fluid mechanics. It provides the student with knowledge and understanding of the basic fundamentals of compressible fluid flow and is basic to studies in high-speed aerodynamics, propulsion, and turbomachinery.
EML 5725. Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics (3). Prerequisites: EML 5709, EGN 5456. Topics for this course include introduction to conservation laws in fluid dynamics; weak solutions; solving the full potential equations for subsonic, transonic, and supersonic flows; solving system of equations. In particular, upwind schemes and flux splitting will be introduced in solving the Euler equations. Coordinate transformation and grid generation methods will also be covered.
EML 5802. Introduction to Robotics (3). Prerequisite: Graduate standing in mechanical engineering. A study of the fundamentals of robot operation and application including: basic elements, robot actuators and servo-control, sensors, senses, vision, voice, microprocessor system design and computers, kinematic equations, and motion trajectories.
EML 5835. Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics (3). Prerequisites: EML 4800 and 5802. Course covers computer vision for robotic systems, manipulator kinematics and dynamics, manipulator control, artificial intelligence, mechatronics product design and development, and microprocessors in mechatronic systems.
EML 5905r. Directed Individual Study (1-6). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisite: Instructor consent. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours.
EML 5910r. Supervised Research (1-6). (S/U grade only.) A maximum of three (3) semester hours may apply to the master’s degree. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
EML 5930r. Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (1-6). Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Topics in mechanical engineering with emphasis on recent developments. Content and credit will vary. Consult the instructor. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours.
EML 5935r. Mechanical Engineering Seminars (0). (S/U grade only.) May be repeated to a maximum of ten times.
EML 5971r. Thesis (3-6). (S/U grade only.) A minimum of six (6) semester hours is required.
EML 6157. Radiative Heat Transfer (3). Prerequisite: EML 5152. Presents a comprehensive, systematic, and unified treatment of fundamental concepts, basic theory, and methods of solution to radiative transfer problems and the interaction of radiation with other modes of heat transfer.
EML 6365. Robust Control (3). Prerequisite: EML 5361. Course covers control design for systems with uncertain dynamics; robust H‡ design, structured singular value synthesis; LMI and Riccati equation solution techniques.
EML 6716r. Advanced Topics in Fluid Dynamics (3-6). Prerequisite: EML 5709. Topics vary from term to term and include: boundary layers, jets, free shear layers and wakes, acoustics, shock waves and related discontinuities, one dimensional unsteady flow, steady supersonic flow in two dimensions, transitions, and turbulence. May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours.
EML 6726. Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (3). Prerequisites: EML 5060, 5725. The CFD methods will be applied to several examples as computing projects. They include flow in channels, over flat plate, and airfoils. Through these examples, students will obtain experiences in developing and following the numerical procedures in solving the compressible viscous flow problems. Topics covered are algorithm application and optimization on super-computers; boundary-layer computations; INS, PNS, and RANS simulations.
EML 6980r. Dissertation (1-12). (S/U grade only.) May be repeated to a maximum of forty-eight (48) semester hours.
EML 8968. Preliminary Doctoral Examination (0). (S/U grade only.)
EML 8976r. Master’s Thesis Defense (0). (S/U grade only.)
EML 8985r. Dissertation Defense (0). (S/U grade only.) May be repeated to a maximum of three times.